EPL: Manchester City eye record against Swansea

Updated: 13 December, 2017 12:54 IST | AFP | London

Unstoppable Man City will aim to set a new record of 15 consecutive wins in a single English Premier League season when they face Swansea tonight

Manchester City look unstoppable in their relentless surge towards the Premier League title, and only have lowly Swansea standing in the way of Pep Guardiola's men setting a new record of consecutive wins tonight. City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and the managers of Manchester United and Chelsea both effectively conceded defeat in the title race at the weekend. Their victory against Man United on Sunday was their 14th straight win in the Premier League — a single season record that also equalled the best-ever run Arsenal established in 2002.

Manchester City players celebrate a goal against Manchester United during an EPL match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. pic/AFP
Manchester City players celebrate a goal against Manchester United during an EPL match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. pic/AFP

Yet despite their frightening form, City defender Kyle Walker is urging caution. "We have to keep our feet on the floor and keep working hard, preparing physically and mentally," he said. Guardiola has declared repeatedly that his team will lose a league match at some point this season but few people would expect that to happen at second-from-bottom Swansea. David Silva is in dazzling form, with goals in each of his past two appearances and a man-of-the-match display on Sunday but the EPL's leading scorers have an array of talent supporting him. However there could be consequences on and off the field following derby victory. Captain Vincent Kompany was substituted with what appeared to be the latest in a sequence of muscle injuries. With John Stones out until early January with a hamstring injury, it means Guardiola has just two fit senior centre-backs — Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala. Guardiola must decide whether to recall striker Sergio Aguero, who was an unused on Sunday, after Gabriel Jesus played in a front three against United alongside Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

46 No. of points Manchester City have picked from a possible 48 in this season's EPL

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First Published: 13 December, 2017 12:42 IST

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